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					                                                                  Once mankind ate of the fruit, they felt the shame of             offence by blaming others. Blame is an attempt to transfer         of the dead comes also through a man. For as in
                                                                  dishonoring God. Adam was held accountable for the                our shame onto others—deflecting it away from ourselves:           Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
                                                                  offense toward God because it was his responsibility to              The man said, "The woman you put here with me— she              (1Co.15:21-22)
                                                                  protect Eve from the potential danger of the serpent’s               gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then        All who were born from Adam were considered dishonoring
                                                                  cunning.       For Adam was present when the serpent                 the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you            to God because of Adam’s sin and thereby must face death.
                                                                  deceived Eve:                                                        have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived            This is clearly taught by the Scriptures in Romans 5:
                                                                     She also gave some to her husband, who was with                   me, and I ate." So the LORD God said to the serpent,            Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one
                                                                     her, and he ate it. (Ge.3:6)                                      "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all          man, and death through sin, (Ro.5:12)
                                                                  Adam was there with Eve and could have intervened                    the livestock and all the wild animals! (Ge.3:12-14)            For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,
                                                                  between the serpent and Eve, but he did not. He did not           Adam tried deflecting his shame of failing to take leadership      (Ro.5:15)
                                                                  take his role as head seriously, and for this he shamed all       by blaming Eve; Eve tried to deflect both Adam’s and her           Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one
Adam’s Shame                                                      mankind— including his wife. For the Bible only speaks            shame on to the serpent who tempted Eve. God dealt with            man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and
          The Scriptures teach that God made everything in        once of the part Eve played in the fall of man into sin:          the serpent’s shame by making him crawl on his belly in the        brought condemnation, (Ro.5:16)
six days. When God was finished:                                     For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was              uncleanness of the dust of the ground, but He dealt with           For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned
  God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.                not the one deceived; it was the woman who was                 mankind’s shame by banishing them from His presence:               through that one man, (Ro.5:17)
  And there was evening, and there was morning— the                  deceived and became a sinner. (1Ti.2:13-14)                       So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of                 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was
  sixth day. (Ge.1:31)                                            Eve was deceived first, but the Scriptures hold Adam                 Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.           condemnation for all men, (Ro.5:18)
Everything was good, indicating that God was pleased with         accountable for the fall of man. Consider Romans 5:                  After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side       It was obvious from these Scriptures that Adam’s sin was so
all that He had made. God was pleased with Adam as His               Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one              of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword           great an offense to God that his entire lineage inherited his
special creation—being made in His own image:                        man, (Ro 5:12)                                                    flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of      shame as well as its penalty. This meant that the only way
  So God created man in his own image, in the image                  …even over those who did not sin by breaking a                    life. (Ge.3:23-24)                                           that God’s honor could be restored was in the destruction of
  of God he created him; male and female he created                  command, as did Adam, (Ro.5:14)                                Shame lowers the offender from a place of honor, invoking       all mankind. However, our situation is further compounded
  them. (Ge.1:27)                                                    For if the many died by the trespass of the one man,           both separation and alienation from the one who has been        by our continuation to dishonor Him, refusing to live
Being created in the image of God placed man above the               (Ro.5:15)                                                      offended. Mankind was created to live eternally with God        according the Scriptures and following in Adam’s shameful
other creatures—a great honor. This honor can also be                Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one       and, hence, could eat of the tree of life at any given time.    ways. The prophet Daniel wrote:
seen in the fact that God walked with Adam and Eve as                man’s sin: (Ro.5:16)                                           Once man ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,        O LORD, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers
common friends— denoting an absence of shame:                        For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned          God could not allow man to live forever in His presence;           are covered with shame because we have sinned
  For this reason a man will leave his father and mother             through that one man, (Ro.5:17)                                ergo He prevented man from having access to the tree of            against you. (Da.9:8)
  and be united to his wife, and they will become one                For just as through the disobedience of the one man            life. Since man’s spirit is eternal and cannot be destroyed,    It is by our constant rebellion against God through our
  flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and                   the many were made sinners, (Ro.5:19)                          God decided to send man to the place He had created for         disobedience to His commands that we continue to bring
  they felt no shame. (Ge.2:24-25)                                Adam was held accountable for dishonoring and shaming             Satan and his fallen angels.                                    shame upon ourselves. King David himself writes that his
Shame comes with offense, and sin is an offense to God.           God’s image; his offense was so great that this shame was            "Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me,     sin made him an object of shame:
For having been just created, man had not offended God            passed down to his descendants as well. Now, for the first           you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared              Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your
through sin; hence, the Bible concludes that they did not         time, Adam and Eve experienced defilement—the personal               for the devil and his angels. …         "Then they will go      decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I
know shame. When God made mankind, He placed them in              feeling of shame through the dishonoring of God. They                away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to                consider all your commands. (Ps.119:5-6; 119:80)
a beautiful garden to care for it:                                tried to cope with the shame and the feeling of being defiled        eternal life." (Mt.25: 41& 46)                               Many people do not realize that it is our sin, our blatant
  Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east,              by covering their bodies with fig leaves:                         The real punishment for dishonoring God by their sin was        disobedience to God, which will cause us to live totally
  in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.                   Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they            not physical death; the real punishment is an eternity apart    separate from God. As Adam’s dishonoring of God caused
  (Ge.2:8)                                                           realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves             from God’s presence—an eternal banishment to hell.              him to be banished from the garden, so our sin will ban us
God placed mankind in paradise, the type of place that men           together and made coverings for themselves.                    Therefore, Adam and Eve dishonored God in that while            from the presence of God. For God’s nature is holy--purity
only dream of. God provided for all mankind’s needs as               (Ge.3:7)                                                       being in the image of God, they violated the essence of His     in its absolute form:
they were able to eat from the fruits of the trees—that is, all   In their ignorance, they did not know that one cannot hide        nature through sin, thereby shaming His image—this must            But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all
except one:                                                       his defilement nor can one cover his shame before God.            be avenged according to the law given at creation.                 you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
  And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free               So when God came to walk with Adam and Eve in the                 Our Shame                                                          (1Pe.1:15-16)
  to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not            garden, they hid from Him out of fear of revenge:                                                                                 Since God is a holy God, those who continue to bring
                                                                     Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the                          Adam and Eve’s shame did not solely remain on        shame to His image by sin cannot enter heaven:
  eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,                                                                              them; their shame was passed on to their descendants.
  for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Ge.2:16-17)          LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the                                                                                   Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be
                                                                     cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God                For, shame extends far beyond the individual who                   holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
As Creator of everything, God had the right to honor Himself                                                                        committed the offense to those associated with the offender.
by creating and reserving one tree for Himself—the tree of           among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God                                                                                   (He.12:14)
                                                                     called to the man, "Where are you?" He answered, "I            Since God was dishonored by their parents, their                We think that God will allow people who dishonor Him into
the knowledge of good and evil. When mankind ate of the                                                                             descendants assumed the shame along with its penalty:
forbidden fruit, they dishonored God bringing shame not              heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I                                                                            heaven; it is no more possible than a honorable father
                                                                     was naked; so I hid." And he said, "Who told you that             And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free            keeping in his house a daughter who publicly prostitutes
only on themselves but on God’s image as well:                                                                                         to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not
  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good             you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I                                                                            herself with other men. God will put the sinner to death:
                                                                     commanded you not to eat from?" (Ge.3:8-11)                       eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,            For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as
  for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for                                                                             for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Ge.2:16-17)
  gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also              When mankind ate the forbidden fruit, they not only                                                                                  the son— both alike belong to me. The soul who sins
                                                                  dishonored God while assuming a position of shame, but            The honor of God must be avenged, and yet, God did not             is the one who will die. (Eze.18:4)
  gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he                                                                                kill Adam and Eve immediately, but allowed them to live and
  ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened,              they also violated God’s trust, experiencing fear for the first                                                                   Sin brings both shame and death, and yet, many religious
                                                                  time. It is out of fear that mankind deals with shame in two      bare children. Since everyone was born from Adam and            people live solely for the honor of men. In the eyes of the
  and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig                                                                              Eve after they dishonored God, all mankind also came
  leaves together and made coverings for themselves.              ways: first, to attempt to cover the offense and pretend it                                                                       public, they live honorably; but in secret, they commit many
                                                                  never existed—this did not work with God—He sees                  under their sentence of death:                                  shameful acts that they would not dare do in public for fear
  (Ge.3:6-7)                                                                                                                           For since death came through a man, the resurrection
                                                                  everything. The second way to escape shame is to shift the                                                                        of the shame attached to those acts. In their hypocrisy, they
think that if no one knows, there is no shame.                      idolaters and all liars— their place will be in the fiery      free from sin with its shame:                                        God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
   You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied              lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."                For we do not have a high priest who is unable to                 (Mt.27:46)
   about you: "These people honor me with their lips,               (Re.21:7-8)                                                       sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who            Jesus was forsaken by His Father so that we could be
   but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in           All our sin is dishonoring to God, and it is because of our         has been tempted in every way, just as we are— yet             reconciled to God. Christ’s death was sufficient to reconcile
   vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men."            shameful ways that His honor will be avenged in the last            was without sin. (He.4:15)                                     the whole world to God, yet we must personally believe that
   (Mt.15:7-9)                                                    day. Therefore, God is constantly aware of our sin, leaving      Only God is holy, hence, only He could mediate between            He mediated our peace and ask Him to apply His work on
Many think that shame must be avoided, but if incurred, it        us under a constant position of shame and demanding that         Himself and man. For, no one who has dishonored God               our behalf—thereby personally receiving it as individuals.
must be hidden so that if no one knows their shameful ways        all who act shamefully will suffer eternal banishment to hell.   could mediate the reconciliation between God and man.             Our shame is then transferred to HIm:
then they have dishonored no one. They forget that their          The Work of a Mediator                                           God honored Jesus when He spoke from heaven:                         As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will
shameful ways, their sin, always dishonors God because He                                                                             For he received honor and glory from God the Father               never be put to shame." For there is no difference
                                                                             Since we are first under the sentence of death for       when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory,               between Jew and Gentile— the same Lord is Lord of all
knows and sees everything, even in the dark:
                                                                  Adam’s dishonoring of God, we must conclude that there is           saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am               and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone
   O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
                                                                  no hope for mankind,. For this, we will all die physically:         well pleased." (2Pe.1:17)                                         who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
   You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive
                                                                     Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to        God was pleased with Jesus indicating the absence of                 (Ro.10:11-13; 1Pe.2:6)
   my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out
                                                                     face judgment, (He.9:27)                                      offense and shame. For Jesus not only lived a perfect life        All Jesus asks is that we humble ourselves, admitting our
   and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
                                                                  Then, we are all under our own sentence of death through         but was willing to reconcile man to God:                          sin with its shame, and call on Him to reconcile us to God—
   Before a word is on my tongue you know it
                                                                  the shame that we bring upon God by bearing His image               All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself             so that God can elevate us from our position of shame to a
   completely, O LORD. (Ps.139:1-4)
                                                                  but violating His character through sin. We have all sinned:        through Christ and gave us the ministry of                     position of great honor. For the work of Christ as mediator
God is constantly aware of every sin we commit, and this
                                                                     There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall             reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to          was so effective that not only have we been elevated from a
constant shaming of His person through man, His image,
                                                                     short of the glory of God, (Ro.3:22-23)                          himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against             position of shame but we have been elevated to the honor
will eventually bring about our death:
                                                                  Shame and honor are the only two positions we can have in           them. (2Co.5:18-19)                                            of being adopted as a son:
   For the wages of sin is death, (Ro.6:23)
                                                                  God’s sight, and it is because of our shameful way of life       The penalty of our sin was death; so in becoming our                 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery
Others are only concerned if they shame their family or
                                                                  that everyone must face eternal shame. I think it strange        mediator, Jesus was willing to die on our behalf, paying the         under the basic principles of the world. But when
community. When they travel to distant places, they care
                                                                  that we refuse to show mercy to those who shame us, but          ultimate price to reconcile us to God:                               the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a
very little about what they do. They do the very things that
                                                                  we expect God to overlook the dishonor we show Him.                 We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to               woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that
would shame their families back home but think little of it
                                                                     God "will give to each person according to what he               God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for                    we might receive the full rights of sons. (Ga.4:3-5)
because no one will know. Hence the proverb: “Where you
                                                                     has done. (Ro.2:6; Ro.14:12)                                     us, so that in him we might become the                         There was a great honor that was bestowed on me when a
are not known, do whatever you like.” This may be true with
                                                                  Those who live without knowing that they shamed God will            righteousness of God. (2Co.5:20-21)                            friend took me- a foreigner and unbeliever of his religion-
their family or community, but it is not true concerning God.
                                                                  be avenged for the dishonor they caused Him. If you live         Our sin was the offense that caused our shame and                 and elevated me to the place of a member in his family. I
A person’s shameful actions are never hidden from God—
                                                                  knowing what God requires of you yet disregard it, you will      resulted in our being alienated from God; hence, when             was no longer considered shameful but was now welcomed
even in a distant land:
                                                                  also be judge according to the law:                              Christ died for our sin, our offense was removed, allowing        in his house, being considered a part of his family. This is
   Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from
                                                                     All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart         us to regain honor in God’s sight:                                what the gospel is all about:
   your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are
                                                                     from the law, and all who sin under the law will be              Once you were alienated from God and were                         So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since
   there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If
                                                                     judged by the law. (Ro.2:12)                                     enemies in your minds because of your evil                        you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
   I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side
                                                                  Whether we know what God desires or not, we have all                behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s               (Ga.4:7; Ro.8:16-17)
   of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your
                                                                  dishonored God by the way we live; ergo, we will suffer             physical body through death to present you holy in             Rather then be faced with the wrath of God for our shame
   right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the
                                                                  eternal shame. The prophet Daniel writes clearly on this:           his sight, without blemish and free from accusation…           caused by our sin, we can experience the fullness of an
   darkness will hide me and the light become night around
                                                                     Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake:        (Co.1:21-22)                                                   experience as a son of God based on the death of Christ. If
   me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the
                                                                     some to everlasting life, others to shame and                 Christ’s work as mediator was so complete that now we are         we reject this provision of Jesus, to be reconciled to God,
   night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light
                                                                     everlasting contempt. (Da.12:2)                               considered holy—regaining our position of honor with God:         we will suffer as Daniel said—shame and eternal contempt:
   to you. (Ps.139:7-12)
                                                                  We will all suffer shame and eternal contempt for our               For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the      Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but
Your family and your community may not be shamed by
                                                                  dishonoring of God. The only way that we will ever receive          unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1Pe.3:18)                      whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s
your sinning in a distant land, but God is dishonored and will
                                                                  everlasting life is if we find a mediator who can reconcile us   It is important to realize that it was our sin that caused our       wrath remains on him." (Jn.3:36)
not let the shame go unpunished:
                                                                  to God. The Gospel, or good news, is that God has                shame. By dieing, Jesus took our sins upon Himself:               We all have dishonored God by our sin. Christ has the
   Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good
                                                                  provided a mediator: His name is Jesus.                             He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so           place—being equal with God; He has the position —being
   character." Come back to your senses as you ought,
                                                                     For there is one God and one mediator between God                that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by       holy and without shame; and He has the power to restore
   and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant
                                                                     and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1Ti.2:5)                         his wounds you have been healed. (1Pe.2:24)                    you to the highest honor. However, you must accept Him
   of God— I say this to your shame. (1Co.15:33-34)
                                                                  If a person is to mediate, he must be an equal or greater        Once Jesus took our sins upon Himself, He also assumed            as He claimed to be and receive His work on your behalf:
If shame is exposed, it must be avenged. God knows our
                                                                  personage then the offender and the offended. For this           the consequences of our sin, bearing our shame as well:              He who has the Son has life; he who does not have
sin and is aware of our position of shame. Those who think
                                                                  reason, Jesus could mediate between God and man;                    Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of         the Son of God does not have life. (1Jn.5:12)
God is not dishonored because they are in a distant land
                                                                  because being God, He was equal to God:                             our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the          The choice is yours: you can remain in your position of
are not only shaming God’s image but mocking Him as well:
                                                                     Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ               cross, scorning its shame, (He.12:2)                           shame while you wait for God to avenge your dishonoring of
   Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man
                                                                     Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider        It was on the cross that God’s dishonor was avenged, as           Him; or you can seek Christ and His work as mediator,
   reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his
                                                                     equality with God something to be grasped, but made           Christ carried our sin and our shame. Christ experienced          being elevated to the position of the greatest honor as a
   sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction;
                                                                     himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,         the full consequences of our shame, experiencing both             child of God—even an heir with Christ. You have a choice,
                                                                     being made in human likeness. And being found in              separation and alienation from God. This is clearly seen on       and the choice is yours!
God will punish all those who dishonor Him by sending them
                                                                     appearance as a man, he humbled himself and                   the cross, for throughout Jesus’ ministry, He spoke of “my           Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who
to the place of eternal torment- a living death:
                                                                     became obedient to death— even death on a cross!              Father.” But it was when He bore our shame on the cross              believes in me will live, even though he dies; and
   He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his
                                                                     (Php.2:5-8)                                                   that He was rejected by His Father, thereby formally                 whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you
   God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the
                                                                  Jesus was not just a man but was God made in human               addressing His Father by His title of “God”:                         believe this?" (Jn.11:25-26)
   unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually
   immoral, those who practice magic arts, the
                                                                  likeness. Being God enabled Jesus to live a holy life, a life       About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "My                                                        Old Man

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